Internet Provider, Virgin Media is making a step change in its available Internet speeds, to deal with the increasing home-based demand for streaming entertainment on computers, tablets, smartphones and connected TVs.
The firm has announced that it is accelerate further its home broadband speeds, up to a maximum of 152Mbps and will reach 12.5 million homes across the country that are served by Virgin Media’s own fibre-optic cable network.
At this moment of time, most homes in UK have average speeds of 15mbps, making this new service is around 10 times faster. The speed boost will arrive early next year, however, Virgin Media also confirmed it is introducing a price rise up by around 6.7% next year. The new package will be twice as fast as any other in the UK, including BT Infinity and other suppliers.
With 152Mbps of such bandwidth, Virgin calculates users will be able to download an HD movie in less than four minutes but notes that the service will really come into its own when people get online at the same time and need “plenty” of Internet bandwidth for applications such as streaming video, as is the norm in an increasing amount of UK homes.
“We are boosting speeds again and ensuring our customers can get even more value from their Virgin Media subscription. Our top speed will be twice as fast as BT and all the others reliant on their old copper telephony infrastructure as we extend our lead as Britain’s ultrafast broadband provider,” said Virgin Media chief executive officer, Tom Mockridge.
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